Nacre in Molluscs from the Ordovician of the Midwestern United States
AbstractNacre was previously thought to be primitive in the Mollusca, but no convincing Cambrian examples are known. This aragonitic microstructure with crystal tablets that grow within an organic framework is thought to be the strongest, most fracture-resistant type of shell microstructure. Fossils described herein from the Ordovician of Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio provide supporting evidence for the hypothesis that sometime between the middle Cambrian and late Ordovician, nacre originated in cephalopod, bivalve, and possibly gastropod lineages. The correlation of independent origins of fracture-resistant nacre with increasing shell-crushing abilities of predators during the Cambrian-Ordovician suggests an early pulse in the evolutionary arms race between predators and molluscan prey.
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Vendrasco, M.J.; Checa, A.; Heimbrock, W.P.; Baumann, S.D. Nacre in Molluscs from the Ordovician of the Midwestern United States. Geosciences 2013, 3, 1-29.
Vendrasco MJ, Checa A, Heimbrock WP, Baumann SD. Nacre in Molluscs from the Ordovician of the Midwestern United States. Geosciences. 2013; 3(1):1-29.Chicago/Turabian Style
Vendrasco, Michael J.; Checa, Antonio; Heimbrock, William P.; Baumann, Steven D. 2013. "Nacre in Molluscs from the Ordovician of the Midwestern United States." Geosciences 3, no. 1: 1-29.